Monsoon rains, floods claim over 1,400 lives in 10 states, says Home Ministry

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Over 1,400 people, including 488 in Kerala, have lost their lives due to heavy rains, floods and landslides in 10 states across the country so far this monsoon, the Union Home Ministry said on Monday.

According to the ministry’s National Emergency Response Centre (NERC), as many as 488 people were killed in Kerala and 54.11 lakh in 14 districts of God's Own Country had been severely hit by rains and floods. The floods have caused Kerala an estimated damage of worth over Rs 20,000 crore.

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The NERC also stated that 43 people - 15 in Kerala, 14 in Uttar Pradesh, five in West Bengal, six in Uttarakhand and three in Karnataka, were missing, while 386 had been injured in rain-related incidents in the 10 states.

As many as 254 people had died in Uttar Pradesh, 210 in West Bengal, 170 in Karnataka, 139 in Maharashtra, 52 in Gujarat, 50 in Assam, 37 in Uttarakhand, 29 in Odisha and 11 in Nagaland.

Rains and floods have hit 30 districts in Odisha, 26 districts in Maharashtra, 25 in Assam, 23 each in Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, 14 in Kerala, 13 in Uttarakhand, 11 each in Karnataka and Nagaland and 10 in Gujarat.

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In Assam, 11.47 lakh people were affected by heavy rains and floods, which had also damaged crops on 27,964 hectares of land, while in West Bengal, the deluges had hit 2.28 lakh people and damaged crops on 48,552 hectares of land.

“In Uttar Pradesh, 3.42 lakh people have been impacted and crops on 50,873 hectares damaged. In Karnataka, 3.5 lakh population have been hit and crops on 3,521 hectares of land damaged,” the NERC added.

(With PTI inputs)

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